2015 is coming to an end.

2015 has been a year with many ups and downs, for me. But I’m not going to use this post to bug you with my downs or, yet again point out what has been good. All I want to say is that, despite an illness that won’t let go, the year has ended in a way that makes me look towards 2016 with faith that it will be a good year. This post is about the year on this blog!

2015

The most popular post on the blog this year has been:

  1. The Year I Was Born 1986
  2. Tuscany
  3. New Street Art in the Neighbourhood
  4. Ullandhaug – Stavanger
  5. Lazy Weekend and the Library

The post on my blog with most comments this year has been:

  1. 3 Things I Would Like to Apologize for

My top 5 commenters this year are all great people and bloggers. I urge you to go visit them and I thank them for the interaction in 2015:

  1. Inserachofitall
  2. Mommermom
  3. Newauthoronline
  4. Annika Perry
  5. Coldhandboyack

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting my blog over the year and I hope to see all of you in 2016. May 2016 bring great things for all of us!

 

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Christmas is over

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Table ready for Christmas party

Christmas is over for this year. For me Christmas of 2015 has been celeberated with my family. We spent Christmas eve with my Dad’s side of the family at my uncle’ s house. I had obviously been nice this year because I got a lot of nice gifts. Including a new nespresso machine from my better half! It was a lovely evening with great food, good conversations and lovely people.

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Christmas napkins

The next day we spent with my Mother ‘ s side of the family at my parents’ house as every good Christmas party there was once again great food and great people!

The only downside this year is that I picked up a nasty cold and has spent all this Christmas with a head threatning to explode a fever and all that fun stuff. So all the time I wasn’t trying to stay awake at the Christmas parties I spent in bed or on the couch at my parents house.

Hope that all of you has had a very enjoyable Christmas!

Great Readers!

The best thing about blogging are the readers and mine are really valuable to me.  I love interacting with them on my blog and on theirs. Thank you so much for being the best!

The wonderful Doug over at https://dougstuber.wordpress.com/ left me two amazing poems as comments today. I was thrilled! What a wonderful Christmas surprise. They are way too good to be hidden away in the comments so I wanted to share them with you all!

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On Florence Flashback

Ah Tuscany….
At a Marina
She walks back from the beach victorious, having
scored two of the finest rolled buritos to go with the
usual six pack, Jack, crunchy snacks She looks briefly at
fleeting passersby who glance into her soft eyes as she
extends her stride. Suddenly, summer. Your Danzi thrusts
across the bay. On a hill by the lake, pastoral love brings
back memories, but you’re here to make a new present, not
to wallow in the past. According to her own reports, she’s
going to be understanding, strict, unyielding, happy, in control
and in command, which means she expects you to shed your
ego and pull into her marina, but your Danzi is built for two, so
our friends will have to ski in this wild, untamed watercourse.
You’d better “set the controls for the heart of the sun”
because this Siren has extra large ambition and it will
be your job to reel her in, or hitch on to a ride that may
soar or crash. How did she find you? Does she have any idea?
Where will her friends allow her to go? Three arches tower
over ancient universal doorways. Two types of lovers play
in peace, away from the ravages dealt to those living over
oil. You pull in, she welcomes, thinks, wonders, imagines.

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And on Stavanger’s Most Decorated Pub:

I love your blog. Merry Christmas!

Christmas love
spreads joyfully to
friends, new and old, as
natural as mountain streams
flow under

ice and snow
still moving, to join.
Harmony
comes from sharing a
round table. Buddha

Mohammad,
Jesus, Confucius,
Abraham, Gandhi
and Luther invite a pope
to break bread

under one God
that all pray to here
in Gwangju,
there in Amsterdam,
and Davao, where the

hunt for food
and water reverts to old
ways, not the
usual Christmas,
but children scramble

for goodies
like coconuts, fruit, rare meat
while we feast
on turkey, baked so
well, spring rolls folded

and rolled by
hands so delicate you can’t
imagine
what they’ve done. Merry
Christmas everyone.

Winter in the air

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The sky has been amazing here the last days. The cold crisp winter air has helped put me in the right mood for Christmas. There has even been sightings of aurora borealis close by, and that is quite unusual this far south.

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The down side of this is that that there is quite a lot of icy on the ground making it very slipery.

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The Smorgasbord Christmas Party – The Hugh Roberts Charity Photo Challenge, Christmas Post Reblog & Mince pies

Go visit Sally’s Christmas party, bring a link to one of the blogs you follow and share a Christmas post of your own!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

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I thought it was time to get the party started over here.  We have a fabulous community of writers across all genres, bloggers who read, design, paint make jewellery, are poets, cooks, mums and dads and comedians..you know who you are!

Instead of commenting and leaving just your own blog link, I would like you to also leave the link for one of your followers who you feel deserves a little more recognition for their work. Perhaps a little more about the two of you for those who might not have met you yet.

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Also every party needs entertainment so I would like you to send me the link to your own Christmas post so that I can share on social media and reblog to my followers. All you have to do is leave a comment in this post in the next two weeks.

Looking for recipes, humour, family traditions…

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